JetBlue pilot who yelled, scared passengers sues airline for $16M for not seeing he was ill

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A JetBlue Airways pilot who scared passengers by yelling about Jesus and al-Qaida in 2012 has sued the airline for $16 million, saying it jeopardized the flight by failing to recognize he was ill.

Clayton Osbon filed the lawsuit Friday in Manhattan federal court.

No one was seriously injured on the March 27, 2012 flight from New York to Las Vegas when Osbon was restrained after running through the cabin shouting irrationally.

The plane made an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas. The lawsuit said Osbon’s behaviour resulted from seizures. The lawsuit accused JetBlue of ignoring warning signs Osbon was not well before the plane took off.

In a statement Friday, JetBlue praised the “heroic actions of the crew,” saying ongoing litigation prevents it from commenting further.